Beyond its more apparent attractions, RiverPark Place offers residents a walk in the park. “I think this is one of the best places in the Midwest to live,” developer Steve Poe told those attending one of its recent meetups. “People want to live in a park or on the water. This is a park on the water.” Site of Waterfront Botanical Garden It’s also one of Louisville’s most walkable neighborhoods. With plans for a botanical gardennearby, the options for walking will only increase. And improved access by foot to the restaurants and shops of Frankfort Avenue from the waterfront remains on the city’s agenda, Poe said. An urban lifestyle perk – the ability to walk for fun, health, purpose – Insider...
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For the seventh year in a row, Nashville’s downtown residents cited the “urban experience” as the primary draw for living downtown. Many cities, like Louisville, are trying to hone in on that experience as they work to revitalize their downtowns. The Nashville Downtown Partnership organization hasn’t really defined “urban experience,” but it’s been on its annual survey for several years, according to Andrea Champion, its communications director. “I think it’s just that people like to be in the thick of things, being able to walk everywhere,” Champion said. “Urban experience” outpaced “central location/convenience,” “nightlife,” being “close to work” and “arts and cultural events” in the survey. The report asserts that baby boomers and millennials, the two age groups most likely to live downtown, are looking for cities that offer jobs, affordable housing options, walkability, and desired amenities such as alternative modes of transportation. Survey respondents said they’d most like to see more grocery store options, chef-owned local restaurants, movie theaters and clothing stores. For cities looking to revitalize their downtowns, a Brookings Institution report presents a 12-step plan, including developing a strategic plan and public-private partnerships. It calls for creating an urban entertainment district, including arenas, restaurants, specialty retail and festivals; building a rental housing market; and later, creating “for sale housing. “Having an established for-sale housing market is the ultimate test of whether the downtown has achieved critical mass,” the report states. While Louisville hasn’t always kept up with a growing rental market, there are plans recently announced for a $48 million, seven-story apartment building near Slugger Field, and the second phase of apartments are nearly done at RiverPark Place. That leaves... Continue Reading »
Ralph and Jane Ross pose with the RiverPark Place docks behind them. There’s an unending parade off the balcony at Ralph and Jane Ross’s home. “We never get tired of it,” said Ralph, speaking of the constant barge traffic on the Ohio River. “It’s actually a wet interstate highway.” The Rosses are among the renters living at RiverPark Place. Their two-bedroom apartment looks out across the site where the new condo tower and restaurant are to go in, the marina beyond and farther on, the river with tugboats maneuvering loads in both directions. View of Thunder Over Louisville from the Ross’ balcony. The Rosses say they have a terrific view for Thunder Over Louisville, and had a bird’s-eye view of the triathlon this year. They moved to Louisville in January 2012 from Jacksonville, Fla., when Ralph took the job as district director for the Small Business Administration. They initially took a third-floor walkup apartment in The Highlands, but over time, the stairs became too much, they said. “We wanted to live downtown,” Jane said. “We looked at all the properties, but there really wasn’t that much available.” But all the time they were living in The Highlands, she was riding her bike downtown and watching the Poe Companies’ development going up. They had taken a beating on the sale of their Florida home and weren’t eager to dive into home ownership again with Ralph’s retirement not too far out of sight, so they opted to rent. They plan to retire in a home they own in Omaha, Neb. Jane’s daughter’s family also has moved to Louisville, where she’s pursing... Continue Reading »
By Braden Lammers • Business First Louisville • October 24, 2014 Poe Companies LLC has come up with a clever way to draw interest in its riverfront condominium tower that is not expected to be under construction until early next year. At the company’s office on River Road, Poe Companies officials have set up a model of what a fifth-floor, two-bedroom condo will look like in the 16-story EdgeWater at RiverPark Place tower. Read the full story... Continue Reading »
By Sheldon Shafer • Courier Journal • October 19, 2014 The much-anticipated, 16-story luxury condominium highrise that will tower over nearby Waterfront Park by the Ohio River will cost about $65 million and could be under construction next year, the developer of RiverPark Place says.Construction of the tower, called the Edgewater, which is not yet financed, will begin when pre-sale commitments are firm for about half of the planned 85 condominiums. They will sell from around $400,000 to $2.3 million for three penthouses, said Steve Poe, the lead partner in the Poe Cos., the RiverPark Place co-developer. Read the full story on the Courier... Continue Reading »
By Bill Francis • WDRB • July 1, 2014 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — It’s a major development along the Ohio River in Louisville that was slowed by the recession — but it now looks as though it’s moving full-steam ahead. Part two of River Park Place under construction, set to open in... Continue Reading »
On the front page of the Courier Journal today was an image of RiverPark’s continuing construction. Read all about here: RiverPark Place expansion... Continue Reading »
Sheldon Shafer • The Courier Journal • October 22, 2013 A two-level restaurant operated by some of Louisville’s most experienced restaurant owners will be built at RiverPark Place on the city’s riverfront by the spring of 2015, its developers said Monday. Read the full story here: RiverPark Place getting restaurant, hundreds of additional dwellings | The Courier-Journal |... Continue Reading »
RiverPark Place developers proceeding with $23 million second phase, including 162 more apartments Sheldon Shafer • Courier Journal • August 25, 2013 With the first 167 apartments that recently opened already rented and a waiting list for 40 more rental units, the RiverPark Place developers are preparing to move on the $23 million next phase with 162 more apartments. Read the full...
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RiverPark Marina was featured in Heartland Boating‘s August edition. Read the full article...